Kiwi Gallery Grand Opening Warhol and Indiana Arrive in Wynwood with the Love Pop Party 2/12/11

Robert Indiana Holding LOVE, 1964, Photo Credit © William John Kennedy

KIWI Gallery Grand Opening: The LOVE Pop Party
Saturday, February 12th, 7pm – 11pm
During Wynwood’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk
50 NW 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127
(across the street from the Rubell Family Collection)
www.kiwiartsgroup.com

RSVP appreciated at info@kiwiartsgroup.com

Live Performances by NYC’s Legendary Joey Arias

Kiwi Gallery will celebrate the opening of its permanent home in Wynwood with the Love Pop Party. The grand opening event will be held on Saturday, February 12th,, from 7pm to 11pm, during the Arts District’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk. The LOVE Pop Party will feature live performances by legendary New York cabaret artist, Joey Arias; South Florida’s Bambi Le Fleur’s Burlesque Revue; music by local favorite, DJ Jody McDonald; and a complimentary bar by Miami’s own Delaplaine Sparkling Wine. South Beach nightlife legend Gary James and public relations and events maven Heather Davis, along with KIWI’s own Louis Canales, will host Miami’s movers and shakers attending the gallery’s opening night.

KIWI Gallery is currently exhibiting the work of Miami Beach fine art photographer William John Kennedy. The Kennedy collection comprises rare and historic images of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana with their soon-to-be iconic works. The photographs, taken in the early 1960s at a time when Kennedy forged a friendship with both Indiana and Warhol, capture the two artists at the seminal point of their careers and the birth of the Pop Art Movement. After nearly half a century in storage, a select number of the nearly forgotten images have been carefully chosen and published for the first time in a limited edition of silver gelatin prints. The Kennedy collection debuted at a pop-up gallery in Miami Beach during Art Basel 2010 to rave reviews, with the exhibition experiencing record attendance with stronger than expected sales. A documentary, “Full Circle: Before They Were Famous,” chronicling the images’ journey from the days they were taken to the present, premiered at the Colony Theatre during the esteemed art marathon. According to Tom Austin in AOL/Paper (artbasel.aol.com) it was “One of the best—and most surreal evenings—of Art Basel.” A special screening of the short film, open to the public, will be held at 6:30pm, prior to the LOVE Pop Party.

Sponsored by Delaplaine Sparkling Wine (www.champagnedelaplaine.com) and MiamiArtZine.com (www.miamiartzine.com), a program of Miami Beach Arts Trust and a key resource for the South Florida arts scene.

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